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Thursday24 July 2014

Self-build homes planned for Queen's Scottish estate

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Prince’s Foundation will oversee design of Balmoral houses

The Queen is allowing land on her Scottish estate at Balmoral to be used for new self-build homes for local residents.

The Prince’s Foundation has been working on proposals for fields near Ballater that sit inside the Cairngorms National Park in Aberdeenshire. It has also been speaking to Grampian Housing Association about the work as well.

Chief executive Hank Dittmar said the proposals would see around a dozen homes built at the site where a couple of estate cottages already exist.

The self-build homes would be handed to residents who live in local authority housing in the town. Contractors will build the shell of the homes and residents will then work on the fit-out. Dittmar said none of them work on the Balmoral estate.

Dittmar added: “Self-build seems like a logical step. It can increase supply for people who live in rural communities. They will look like traditional houses in Scotland. The foundation will be assisting their design with architects who are on our staff.”

 

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  • Only 12 homes? That will solve the housing crisis.

    Contractors will build the shell? To Charlie's design no doubt… so much for the democratisation normally a central part of "self-build".

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  • If the Scots vote for independence, how are they going to get rid of these royals and relieve them of their property?

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